Video conferencing, like a lot of things, can seem more complicated than it is, especially if you’re just starting to learn about the technology and what it can do for your business. If you’ve done any research into the solutions on the market, you’ve probably come across a baffling array of tech jargon: 1080p30, H.264, clustering, cloud computing, standard internet protocol, and the list goes on and on. It’s enough to make your eyes glaze over – and make you wonder if the whole video conferencing thing is really worth all the confusion.
The value of a video conferencing solution that meets the unique needs and demands of your company is definitely worth the time and effort that goes into finding it, but without a little guidance, it’s easy to get lost. That’s why LifeSize has put together a short glossary of must-know terms: to make the search as easy for video conferencing newbies as possible.
2. Endpoint. A video conferencing device. The related term “end user” refers to the person making or receiving a video call.
3. Firewall Traversal. As you probably know, a firewall is a network node that acts as a boundary to prevent unwanted third-party traffic. Firewall traversal is a technology that allows traffic between a company’s internal network and the internet at large.
4. Interoperability. The ability of systems from different manufacturers to work together. This is very important for companies looking to build on preexisting video conferencing solutions.
5. Pixel. The smallest element of an image that can be digitally processed in a video display system. The more pixels a system is capable of displaying, the better the picture quality. The lowest resolution that qualifies as high definition is 1280 x 720 pixels, while true high definition is typically 1920 x 1080 or better. Picture quality is often amended with a number denoting the number of frames displayed per second; for example, “1080p30” signifies a picture resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second.
6. Scalability. The ability of a system, network, or process to be increased to accommodate growth. This is particularly useful for growing businesses with ever-changing video conferencing needs.
7. Streaming. The ability to convert a video image and send a video stream, while on a video call, to a specific webpage. On that webpage, other people can view the video call in real time or can watch the recording after the call is over.
8. Virtualization. The separation of hardware and software, allowing applications to run anywhere. Like cloud computing, this significantly reduces the client-side IT burden.
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